Victoria Macdonald is Health and Social Care Correspondent at Channel 4 News.
Victoria Macdonald is an award-winning journalist, who has been covering health and social care issues for Channel 4 News since 1999.
She closely follows the changes and developments in the NHS and the care system from the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust to the wholesale reforms of the health service.
Victoria also reports on medical developments, mental health issues as well as covering stories on how welfare reforms are affecting those with physical disabilities. And she closely watches developments in HIV/Aids and TB.
Victoria is originally from New Zealand and worked for the Sunday Telegraph before joining Channel 4 News.
Is this another consequence of Brexit? A collapse in the number of nurses from EU countries registering to work here – down from 1,300 last July to just 46 this April. There is already a serious shortage of nursing staff, particularly in England’s NHS, and today there are warnings this could become even worse.
A nurse, a chef. a bartender, an au pair – they came from France, from Spain, from Canada, Australia and the UK. Eight people are now confirmed to have died in the attacks after a body was found in the Thames. Some 29 victims are still in hospital, and today one A&E nurse spoke about…
She’s been described by colleagues at the hospital where she was a nurse as “one in a million”. Kirsty Boden was stabbed to death as she ran to help those injured in the attack on London Bridge on Saturday night. The 28 -year- old Australian is the latest of Saturday’s victims to be named.
Theresa May has made a private visit to some of the attack victims and hospital staff who’ve been treating them. NHS England say that 21 people remain in a critical condition. Of the seven people who died, it’s now known that one was Canadian. Hospital and ambulance workers rushed to the scene within minutes, volunteering…
Trials of a new treatment for ovarian cancer have shown “promising” results for women with advanced cases of the disease. In what’s being called the biggest breakthrough in a decade, researchers say the treatment dramatically shrunk tumours in 7 of the 15 women involved in the early stage trial.
The healthcare costs for retired British pensioners who return to the UK after Brexit could double to £1bn if the reciprocal EU scheme ends.
In the last few minutes we’ve heard reports that a vigil in Birmingham has been interrupted after a man apparently armed with a large knife and a baseball bat was detained nearby. In Manchester, the injured from last night’s attack have been taken to eight hospitals across the city.
With soaring costs and huge pressure on dwindling funds, it’s become clear that something needs to be done about social care. The other parties are promising billions of pounds in new spending. But after the Conservatives’ great idea backfired within a few days, where does this leave their plans for a social care shake-up?
The Conservative manifesto’s planned reforms for social care funding would see thousands more having to contribute to the cost of their care – but they will not have to pay during their lifetime.
The NHS is slowly getting back to normal after last week’s global cyber hack, as ministers said there had been no second wave of attacks when people got back to work this morning.
From Dumfries and Galloway to Colchester in Essex, hospitals and NHS trusts across the country have been thrown into chaos by a massive cyber hack.
This programme has discovered that the lack of suitable mental health services in the community means that in the space of the last five years there’s been more than a 100 per cent increase in the number of mentally ill children going to A&E to get help.
The Conservatives today pledged to improve NHS mental health treatment with ten thousand new staff by 2020. And Labour promised not to raise taxes for those earning under £80,000.
The election follows one of the toughest winters ever experienced by the NHS – with the funding shortfall and concerns over staff shortages and social care all playing a part. And then there are the local campaigns to keep neighbourhood health services open.
Military veterans have held rallies in Belfast, Glasgow and London – protesting against recent prosecutions of former soldiers who had served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. A counter hardline Republican demonstration passed off peacefully.